Monday, April 25, 2011

Higgs?

"We know everything about the Higgs boson," Rolf-Dieter Heuer said. "We just don't know if it exists." The director-general of CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) spoke confidently to a group at the University of Maryland April 12 about the hunt for the elusive particle that keeps the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) busy. Over the weekend, rumors surfaced that the ATLAS particle detector at the LHC may have detected the Higgs for the first time.

[The ATLAS experiment as it appeared in November 2005.]

Heuer spoke to a crowd in the large physics lecture hall at the University of Maryland. He gave a status update of everything going on at CERN and explained why the Higgs is such a big deal.

"The cornerstone of the standard model is missing," Heuer said. "We don't know how to generate mass."

The standard model of particle physics says there are 17 elementary particles that make up matter. Sixteen have been observed but one, the one that explains why matter has mass, the one known as the Higgs boson, has yet to be found.

The ATLAS experiment, one of four particle detectors at the LHC, records collisions between particles smashed together in the collider.

On Thursday, an anonymous poster known as "Higgs?" posted an internal ATLAS note in the comments section of the blog Not Even Wrong suggesting ATLAS had found something that could be the Higgs. The note describes the possible detection of the Higgs at an energy where it was not expected to appear.

The note and speculation about it spread like wildfire on the Internet over the weekend, with some thinking 'This is it - the Higgs has been found!' and others saying this is nothing but a routine memo.

CERN hasn't put out any official statements that I can find, but James Gillies, a CERN spokesman, told WIRED Magazine that, "
It’s way, way too early to say if there’s anything in it or not," adding that, "The vast majority of these notes get knocked down before they ever see the light of day."

We'll have to wait and see what comes of it. An internal note is a long way from being a confirmed result, so there is still a long road ahead. Stay tuned...

3 comments:

  1. The discovery of gravity’s exact mechanism along with that of dark matter has already taken place, way back in autumn 2010. I know from my theoretical understanding that it is impossible to find any traces of Higgs boson as a quantum particle in the Hadron collider, neither can it show the existence of dark matter. The details of my discovery of how gravitation exactly works, http://www.anadish.com/ , and how it is produced in the framework of quantum mechanics are lying in wraps with the USPTO and I can only make it entirely public after there is clarity on how the USPTO is going to settle the issue of secrecy on my application. I consciously did not report to any peer-reviewed journal, fearing discrimination, because of my non-institutional status as a researcher. However, if the USPTO also continues with their non-committal secrecy review under LARS Level 2 (find the PDF of Private PAIR of the USPTO on my site), then, anyway, my discovery may not get published for a long time to come, in spite of me having filed the US patent application (US 13/045,558) on March 11, 2011, after filing a mandatory Indian patent application on January 11, 2011. Till, I find a clue to come out of the maze of government regulations, unless, of course, the USPTO decides to put it out of secrecy.

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  2. The conflict with Einsteins prediction is a little disturbing to say the least? I'd like to know if the new particle tracks are consistent with an E8 (Smolin, Lisi) model.

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  3. Indian scientist questions authenticity of ‘god particle discovery ’
    (From Wires, April 27)An eminent Indian physicist Monday questioned the authenticity of the reports that speak of the discovery of the Higgs boson also known as god particle that is believed to bestow mass on other particles. A leaked internal memo contains unconfirmed reports that one of the detectors at the Large Hadron Colliders at CERN near Geneva picked up signals that could be a ‘Higgs boson’ says the Telegraph. B.G.Sidharth of the B.M.Birla Science Centre at Hyderabad said he was very skeptical about this claim.
    “This is unofficially leaked news – such a thing has happened before” Sidharth who has authored several books and published research papers on the subject said. He had come out with new theoretical findings recently that say that there is a new force of nature acting between particles and their anti-particle counterparts. This can be seen at very high energies and is very shortlived. A discovery matching this description has been announced by the CDF team at Fermilab’s Tevatron in Illinois. There is about a one in a thousand chance that this observation is a fluke. But given the theoretical background, the chances this is wrong is even less.
    “In fact the latest LHC news (that says Higgs boson has been detected) has to be first verified and authenticated by the team itself, before any conclusion whatsoever can be drawn” he said adding ‘at present it is no more than a rumour’.
    According to the Standard Model of particle physics the universe is composed of matter and anti matter. Besides there is an intermediary particle the ‘Higgs boson’ believed to bestow mass on matter and anti matter. The hypothetical elementary particle ‘Higgs boson’ predicted by the British physicist Peter Higgs some forty five years ago, has however not been directly discovered yet.
    The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN created three years ago is likely to confirm or reject the existence of these new particles Some physicists even feel that the discovey of the Higgs would merely confirm the Standard Model, but physics would be more interesting in the absence of Higgs.
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